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Parenting is a focal point of discussion today largely because of the influence of technology, the environment, and emerging lifestyles on parents and Alpha children.
This is best illustrated by the nature of our association with technology, the environment, and those around us. From rural to urban dwellings, we now litter our homes with ubiquitous electronic gadgets, and use them irresponsibly.
Besides, we live in environments that are messy, and becoming cramped by the day. We have become quite entitled just as we are interfacing with all kinds of complex cultures. Besides, we are trying hard to outdo each other socially and financially.
Elsewhere, our diets are inadequate, we exercise less, and hardly sleep! These are no doubt breeding grounds for multiple communicable and non communicable diseases.
A blend of all the above challenges means we have less time for our children, family, and even ourselves.
To cover up for our absence and irresponsibility, we provide our children with countless digital devices to keep them busy all day. We also keep them indoors, all day, for fear of the outdoors!
It should not surprise us, therefore, that we now raise a generation of kids so much attached to technology, and detached from us. They hardly interact with the community and the true basics of life that we have known for centuries.
NOTE: Depending on individual preferences, technology ships with both good and bad news. Yes, it is designed to make our lives better because it facilitates faster communication, entertains us, and eases productivity. On the flip side, though, it ships with challenges that may hamper smooth childhood development.
Technology is not the only parenting challenge we have to deal with:
Out of the many, we have learned to favor a protective approach to parenting, where we keep a close eye on what children do, where they are, and who they play with. While at it, we try to observe an extreme sense of hygiene.
Also called paranoid parenting, this approach to raising children has its boon and bane, and continues to stir debates and controversy at home.
The parenting challenges mentioned above are not going on without our notice.
Yes, we see them and are puzzled about what we should do. We continue to question our capacity to raise children in the midst of technology, globalization, cultural mashups, and rising individualism and competition.
We also wonder if parenting is a ‘learned skill‘ like most of us have come to believe! Or maybe, all we need is to nurture a rich relationship with our children.
Yes, there is so much to talk about and answers to look for.
That is what parentingalpha.com is here to find out: with you, of course. After all, parenting is a lifelong journey and a mashup of experiences that we learn and share together.